About Us

Educational Advantage was founded in 2006 by Richard Hardstaff and Cyril Dowling. They used their knowledge and experience gained from working together for many years at Polydron to build a company that not only distributes, but also creates and manufactures unique and innovative high-quality educational products that help teachers and pupils around the world.

We are constantly striving to make wonderful products and to give the best possible customer service to all of our business partners wherever they are. We believe our contacts are amongst the best in the business. We listen and we learn.

The team is made up of:

Richard Hardstaff - Managing Director

Richard manages the day to day running of the company and is our manufacturing expert with a keen eye on creativity, who can call upon his extensive experience gained from working for Polydron - our sister company - for over 30 years.

Cyril Dowling - Sales Director

Cyril contributes to product development and advises on sales strategy. He is able to use his connections around the world to grow our markets everywhere.

Darren Bell - Sales Director, Educational Advantage and Polydron

After joining the company Darren quickly made a major contribution to every aspect of sales wherever he went and so it became a natural step for him to take on the role of Sales Director. His professional, thorough and enthusiastic approach to every aspect of the role has quickly helped to make Darren a very valuable asset to the business.

Andy Blackwell - General Manager

Andy joined the company in 2018. He brings a wealth of experience within logistics and operations and has played a key role in facilitating our improving worldwide distribution capabilities. He has successfully navigated the way through the complex operation of opening European and American distribution outlets that have greatly improved our profile around the world. In addition to this Andy has managed the in-house operations, streamlining and improving our overall performance helping the company to be ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

Rebecca Jenkins - Account Executive

Rebecca is the newest member of the sales team. She is a natural people person with a bright, professional and enthusiastic approach to everything she does. Rebecca has very quickly made a mark within the organisation putting her inspiration and fresh ideas into practice.

Hannah Fogarty - Marketing Executive

Hannah joined the company in 2015 as an apprentice in Business Administration and quickly became a valuable asset to the company. She has shown a willingness to learn and develop her skills and has shown a keen interest in marketing. The role of marketing executive was a natural progression, and has seen her thrive to become a regular at trade fairs and a leading light in our social media profile. Alongside marketing Hannah is also responsible for our sales support.

Fiona Muir - Administrator

Fiona has been with Educational Advantage since the beginning of 2018 as an addition to the administration team and has since become a valued member. She now runs the day to day administration activities for our customers across the globe. Fiona has gained valuable experience in previous roles in both business to business and business to consumer environments.

Jamie Brookes - Warehouse Manager

Since Jamie joined the company in 2010 he has quickly established himself as an important member of the management team. His flexibility commitment and enthusiasm have contributed a huge amount. The company has enjoyed continual growth during his time and Jamie has adapted at every point to ensure that our warehouse team can meet the ever-increasing demand.